At one Oklahoma jail, African-American employees were designated with a racially offensive term, a former sheriff admitted in court Monday.
By Ziva Branstetter, Kassie McClung and Kate Briquelet
An Oklahoma sheriff admitted that staff in his jail referred to black employees as “n*gronoids,” according to bombshell testimony in a Tulsa courthouse Monday.
The shocking allegation came during the wrongful-death trial for Elliott Williams—a 37-year-old Army vet who died at the Tulsa County jail in 2011. He was paralyzed on the floor of his cell and pleading for help for days, a federal lawsuit filed by his family claims.
On Monday, court testimony focused on accusations of systemic failures in the jail’s health care, and alleged racist practices within the sheriff’s office.
Former Sheriff Stanley Glanz testified that he didn’t take issue with the racially offensive terms “n*gronoids” or “n*groids,” stating that the FBI used them to describe black people in the 1960s or ’70s.